Artifact #1

Hannah Bellerose

Mr. Miller

English 122

3 September 2018

Life as an Unmotivated High School Student

When I first walked through the doors of my high school on the first day of freshman year, intimidation came over me. I was a new student and had just moved an hour away from my old town. Everyone had already made their own friend groups because it was a regional high school, so cliques from middle school survived the move. Arriving there, high school appeared to me as more of a social setting than academic; I craved popularity more than good grades.

Throughout Freshman year, until the beginning of my junior year, I had a bad habit of procrastination that led to some poor grades, and a severely affected GPA score. I never felt motivated to complete assignments, but would still complete them, even if they weren’t completed to the best of my ability. It wasn’t until I was enrolled in a Health Science course my junior year, which triggered my motivation and dedication to strive to receive good grades. Health Science class unveiled a love for medicine I never knew I had, and once I discovered this about myself, I was devoted to working hard on all my assignments; popularity no longer was my first priority, being accepted into a good college was.

Once I knew what I wanted to do in life I became more concentrated on the bigger picture, my future. I worked hard in every class and every assignment that was thrown my way. A spike in my academic achievement resulted in a drastic change to my GPA. My uphill battle with grades and tests was rewarded in the end when I received my Licensed Nursing Assistant Certification and one out of the five Anatomy and Physiology awards in my class of one hundred eighty students. I had finally felt satisfied with my academic achievements.


Artifact #1 Revision

Life as an Unmotivated High School Student

        When I first walked through the doors of my high school on the first day of freshman year, intimidation came over me. I was a new student and had just moved an hour away from my old town. Everyone entering the high school had their own friend groups from middle school, so trying to fit into a group of girls was difficult when I didn’t know anyone. Arriving there, high school appeared to me as more of a social setting than academic; It was the place where I would make new friends and have a good time, I craved popularity more than good grades.

        Throughout freshman year until the beginning of my junior year, I had a bad habit of procrastination that led to some poor grades, and a severely affected GPA score. I never felt motivated to complete assignments or study for upcoming tests, when I would do my assignments, they weren’t completed to the best of my ability. It wasn’t until I decided to sign up for the health science course offered to juniors and seniors. The new class revolved around course material I was the least bit interested in; taking this class meant I didn’t have to be in chemistry. However, health science ended up being my favorite class to go to, because I enjoyed it so much, it triggered my motivation and dedication to strive to receive good grades. Health Science class unveiled a love for medicine I never knew I had, and once I discovered this about myself, I was devoted to working hard on all my assignments; popularity no longer was my first priority, being accepted into a good college was.

        Once I knew what I wanted to do in life, I became more concentrated on the bigger picture, my future. I worked hard in every class, on every assignment, and studied relentlessly for every test that was thrown my way. A spike in my academic achievement resulted in a drastic, positive, change to my GPA. My uphill battle with grades and tests was rewarded in the end when I received my Licensed Nursing Assistant Certification after being accepted into and completing the second year of health science. Also, after receiving one out of the five Anatomy and Physiology awards given to my class of one hundred eighty students. I had finally felt satisfied with my academic achievements. I was no longer unmotivated to get work done, my new goal was to be successful in life. If I had never taken health science, I would never have discovered the passion I have for healthcare. Once I knew what I wanted my future to look like, I let nothing get in my way.